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Page One Editorial: Romney opposes Newt’s good idea


December 05. 2011 7:31PM

Newt Gingrich has a very sensible suggestion for helping poverty-stricken, inner-city youngsters, which is why it is no surprise that liberal politicians and media have treated it with scorn.

What is disappointing is that former Gov. Romney has joined their chorus.

Gingrich's idea is to provide an opportunity that many inner-city kids don't have: To earn some money and learn about the value of good, honest work.

That is what a lot of kids in better economic situations, including here in New Hampshire, are able to do. Whether it's a parent's pocket money for shoveling snow or doing other chores or an after-school job, children learn lessons that will stick with them.

Gingrich says some kids from jobless families could earn and learn by making it possible for them to take over some after-school jobs cleaning up the classrooms.

From the howls, you would have thought Gingrich was forcing David Copperfield back to the bootblack or Manchester kids to die in the mills.

In fact, this is just the kind of commonsense idea that attracts people to Gingrich.

So it is disappointing but not wholly surprising that Gov. Romney, who has brought few fresh ideas to the presidential race, told the New York Times this weekend that he disagrees with the idea. It would mean 'repealing portions of the child labor law.''

Well, yes, it would, But we doubt Romney has looked at what decades of federal regulation have done to those laws of long ago.

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